At least on paper, the Green Bay Packers might take the field Sunday without their starting left tackle. On the latest injury report, the team downgraded David Bakhtiari to questionable with a back injury.
Bakhtiari had not appeared on the Packers’ previous injury reports this week, suggesting that his back issue popped up in the last 24 hours. He participated fully in practice all week.
While that sounds disconcerting, keep in mind that the NFL did away with the probable designation this year. As such, Bakhtiari’s appearance on the injury report doesn't necessary mean he has only a 50 percent chance of playing.
If Bakhtiari cannot play, rookie Jason Spriggs would step into his place. Should that happen, Green Bay would feature an entirely different offensive line from left tackle to center than the one from the team’s final playoff game last season.
Besides the addition of Bakhtiari to the injury report, the Packers made no other changes. The full report is listed below:
- OT David Bakhtiari (back)
- WR Jeff Janis (hand)
- TE Justin Perillo (knee)
- S Chris Banjo (hamstring)
- WR Trevor Davis (shoulder)
- LB Jayrone Elliott (hamstring)
- CB Josh Hawkins (hamstring)